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Arbor Colossus
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Arbor Colossus
- Theros

Reviewed Jan. 7, 2015

Constructed: 3.88
Casual: 3.67
Limited: 4.00
Multiplayer: 4.17

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Arbor Colossus
 
I have always liked this card, ever since Theros came out. It reminds me a little of Atlas in the garden of the Hesperides, which was a fun side-quest in Hercules' labors. And it's not too bad in gameplay, either. While there are situations where it will be a vanilla creature, there are few cards in recent sets as good at holding off the dangerous flying creatures that green has trouble with, and it even gives you a countermeasure against late-game fliers that might outclass it or provide dangerous static abilities. It requires a pretty heavy investment, but you almost can't consider that a disadvantage with green cards.
 
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 4/5
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Arbor Colossus which is a five mana Green 6/6 with Reach and Monstrosity 3 for six mana that also destroys target opposing creature with Flying.  This is a solid defensive card for Green with high power and toughness for the cost along with Reach.  Overall the lack of other abilities holds this back compared to other Green options, particularly Trample or Hexproof, which prevents it from replacing more aggressive choices in existing decks.
 
In Limited five mana for a 6/6 with no drawback is a bargain and being able to follow up the next turn with it being a 9/9 and potentially destroying a big threat makes this a solid first pick in Booster even with the triple Green in the mana cost.  Focusing on Green in the build as half or more of the deck is manageable, even in Sealed with the right pool, and the relative ease of having a 9/9 makes it worth the effort.
 
Constructed: 3.0
Casual: 3.0
Limited: 4.0
Multiplayer: 4.0

Mattedesa

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Arbor Colossus
 
Arbor Colossus has turned into one of my sleeper favorites from Theros. I've had a fair amount of success with green devotion these past several months, and he's a key reason why.
 
A 6/6 for 5 mana is almost always going to be a good deal. The closest thing he has to a drawback is the three green in his mana cost, meaning he's tough to play in the current environment of Khans wedges, but in a deck that is mono-green or mostly green, it's no problem, and can often be a huge benefit when using Nykthos or one of the gods that needs green to turn on devotion.
 
But wait, he's more than just a 6/6 for 5 that almost single-handedly turns on devotion! He has reach! And what is one of green's biggest weaknesses? Dealing with flying creatures! Not many can withstand the big reaching body of the colossus, whether he stays a 6/6 blocker or uses his monstrous ability to knock one directly out of the sky.
 
He's seen his share of play, but I'm surprised we haven't seen him more. 
 
Constructed: 4.5
Casual: 4.0
Limited: 4.0
Multiplayer: 4.5

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